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Instrumentation activities at Paranal Observatory
Author(s): Jean-Gabriel Cuby; Pablo Barriga; Remi Cabanac; Roberto Castillo; Isabelle Gavignaud; Gordon Gillet; Nicholas Haddad; Mario Kiekebusch; Massimiliano Marchesi; Pedro Mardones; Miguel Riquelme; Pascal Robert; Sylvain Rondi
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents miscellaneous activities related to instrumentation taking place at Paranal Observatory. The number of instruments and / or facilities that will eventually equip the Observatory (VLT, VLTI, VST, VISTA)is about 20. An adequate organization (human and technical)is required to ensure configuration control and efficient preventive and corrective maintenance (hardware and software). Monitoring instrument performance is a key feature to guarantee success of operations and minimize technical downtime. Some observational projects are carried out with the aim of characterizing the Paranal sky conditions in the visible and the IR, in emission and absorption. Efforts are being developed to monitor, characterize and archive the transparency conditions at night.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460677
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Gabriel Cuby, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pablo Barriga, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Remi Cabanac, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Castillo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Isabelle Gavignaud, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gordon Gillet, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nicholas Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mario Kiekebusch, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Massimiliano Marchesi, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Miguel Riquelme, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pascal Robert, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sylvain Rondi, European Southern Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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